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Michigan Mom Pushes to Extend Benefits for Applied Behavior Analysis

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Mother Lisa Mortimer has asked that the government provide funding for ABA past the age of 5. She believes that doing so will create extremely beneficial outcomes for both children affected by autism and their families.

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The Significance of Synchrony

Over the past several years, there has been a lot of debate about patterns of synchrony within the autistic brain. It was once believed that they were underdeveloped; however, new research indicates that the problem could in fact be over-synchronization.

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Autistic Siblings Display Genetic Differences More Than Similarities

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Autism Spectrum Disorder includes such a wide range of symptoms and behaviors, and new research shows that the genetics involved are just as diverse.

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1 in 68 U.S. Children Have Autism

Within just two short years, the number of American children diagnosed with Autism has increased significantly.

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Senator Pushes For Autism Support Services

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Senator Chuck Schumer is proposing an act intended to help young adults with autism transition into the workforce and higher education. It is expected to be voted on in early 2014.

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Heartbreaking Search for Avonte Oquendo Reaches 2-Week Mark

You’ve seen it on the news, you’ve heard about it on the radio, you’ve seen posters put up all over New York City. The search for 14 year old Avonte Oquendo has reached its 2-week mark. Autistic and non-verbal, this boy was last seen running out of his school two weeks ago today.   Police, […]

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Genome “Hotspots” of DNA Change Directly Correlated With Developmental Disability

 Collaboration between Penn State, University of California Davis/MIND Institute, and the University of Washington gained strides towards early detection and prevention with the identification of increased genetic change in concentrated areas of the genome that influence DNA structure in children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. The study weighs the nature versus nurture debates among current autism research. […]

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Autism Prevalence at 1 in 50 for School-Age Children

Autism Prevalence at 1 in 50 for School-Age Children There are as many as one in 50 school age children in the U.S. diagnosed with autism, according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — a 72 percent increase from 2007. However, researchers attribute the rise to improved detection […]

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Israel and New Jersey Autism rates soar

There is an alarming sharp increase in Autism in children around the world. But, recent surveys in both in Israel and New Jersey show some of sharpest increases yet. The Social Affairs Ministry’s survey of social services for 2011 shows a 5x increase in incidence of the Autism in Israel over the last 8 years. The number […]

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Danish study reveals possible link between high fevers during pregnancy and children born with Autism

A new study was published in journal Pediatrics on November 11, 2012 uncovers a possible link between mothers with high fever, flu, antibiotic use and children born with Autism. The study in Denmark looked at nearly 97,000 children ages 8 to 14 who were born in Denmark between 1997 and 2003, only 1 percent of […]

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